Malaysia 83 Macau 71
Malaysia withstood a fierce late game rally, almost blowing a 22 point lead to pick up their second victory, defeating the debuting Macau 83-71.
Malaysia might have thought they could have cruised to an easy game stretching the lead to as high as 22 midway through the second quarter off a three pointer by lead scorer, Ting Chun Hong.
Macau were keen to show they had other plans as they forced Malaysia into foul trouble for the rest of the game, inching their way back into the the game at the free throw line.
Macau kept improving in the second half, making their shots and stifling Malaysia with their tight zone defense. Their efforts paid dividends as a Sou Wa Chak three pointer would cut the deficit to only three with three minutes remaining in the game.
Fortunately for Malaysia, they were saved by the heroics of Wong Yi Hou, who took over the game, scoring eight of his 12 points for the day in the final three minutes of the game to lead Malaysia to the 12 point victory.
Malaysia’s lead performer for the day was Ting , with a stat line of 20 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Macau’s valiant fight was led by center, Lam Wai Hou who contributed 11 points and six rebounds.
With the victory, Malaysia secures the top position of Group A. Malaysia take a break on the 28th of November while Macau next face Indonesia on the same day.
Thailand 77 Fiji 52
The hosts, Thailand gave a rude welcome to FIBA Asia competition to Fiji, thoroughly defeating them 77-52 in the Oceania country’s first ever game again Asian competition since Oceania became a part of FIBA Asia.
Thailand lead the game from start to finish, dominating the game , showing their experience through efficient ball movement and team defense despite the Fijian’s physical prowess.
Thailand were able to build the lead to as high as 31 at one point before settling for the 25 point victory. The Thais would finish with an impressive 27 assists for the game and held the Fijians to a poor 24% shooting percentage.
Thailand was led by Teerawat Chantachon who finished with 14 points and four rebounds on a perfect 7/7 field goal shooting for the day.
Fiji’s best player for the game was Australian based, Joshua Fox with a double double of 20 points and 13 rebounds
Guam 107 Singapore 57
The physically dominant US territory country, ripped Singapore apart 107-57 in their first FIBA Asia game against Asian competition, stamping their mark as a third Oceania force to be reckoned with aside Australia and New Zealand.
Singapore opted to rest big man, Delvin Goh, and never looked like threatening the bigger Guam team with a team average height of 6’3″.
Five Guam players finished in double digits scoring as they cruised to the 50 point victory. Guam would out rebound Singapore 49-29, lodge an impressive 30 assists and finished with a 55% shooting percentage
Guam’s victory was led by NBL Australia based player, Tai Wesley with an impressive stat line of 14 points (7/7 shooting), eight rebounds and six assists.
Singapore’s Wong Zhong Han was the best performer of the day for them, finishing with 11 points, six rebounds and two assists.
Guam will next face Thailand in a battle to determine the top position of Group B while Singapore face Fiji in a must win game to avoid elimination
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